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Legal news from Monday, August 14, 2006
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] Allegations of recruiting violations by the US military increased from 4,400 cases in 2004 to 6,600 cases in 2005 according to a report [text, PDF; abstract; highlights, PDF] released by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website] on Monday, with actual criminal violations rising by more than 200 [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Chief Justice John Roberts [official profile, PDF] named Jeffrey P. Minear [Georgetown University Law Center faculty profile], former senior litigation counsel in the Office of the Solicitor General [official website], as his top aide on Monday. Minear and Roberts worked together for four years at the solicitor general's [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] Legal Services Corp. [official website; ABA backgrounder], a government-funded non-profit corporation that provides legal assistance to indigent Americans, has been using funds to provide luxuries for its board members and executives, AP reported Monday. The corporation turns away about half of all applicants due to lack of monetary resources, [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Nigerian military withdrew from part of the disputed Bakassi peninsula [UN backgrounder; Wikipedia backgrounder] on Monday, nearly four years after the International Court of Justice ruled [ICJ materials] that the territory and its oil reserves should be handed over to Cameroon. Implementation of the ICJ ruling was turned [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Middle East ceasefire directed in a UN resolution [text; JURIST report] adopted Friday that took effect at 8 AM local time (0500 GMT) Monday, "appears to be generally holding," Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile; JURIST news archive] has said in a statement [text]. The United Nations Interim Force [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Australia [JURIST news archive] will pursue the return of David Hicks [JURIST news archive] from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] if new charges are not brought and a military tribunal formed by November, Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock [official profile] told the Sydney Morning [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [BBC backgrounder] will not be arrested if they attend peace talks with the Ugandan government in Sudan, a UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) [official website] official said Monday. The talks began in July but were adjourned last week because the rebels [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Japanese Justice Ministry [official website, English version] has introduced plans for a new court process that will allow crime victims to sue for damages in a civil lawsuit that runs simultaneously with a criminal trial. In an effort to help speed up compensation for victims, the planned system [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official website] on Monday abandoned the proposed Migration Amendment (Designated Unauthorised Arrivals) Bill [PDF text] that would have required asylum seekers arriving by boat to be processed at offshore camps after it became apparent that the Senate would not approve the bill [JURIST report]. [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Abdullah al-Amiri, a Shiite judge, will preside over the second Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] by the Iraqi High Tribunal, this one involving the so-called "Anfal" operation [HRW backgrounder] that killed 100,000 Kurds in northern Iraq in the 1980s. In the new trial, scheduled to begin on [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile], the leftist candidate challenging the results of Mexico's disputed July 2 presidential election [JURIST report], said Sunday that his supporters would continue their protests [JURIST report] in Mexico City until September or later, unless the Federal Electoral Tribunal [official [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Homeland Security [official website] Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile] suggested Sunday that the US could benefit from revised anti-terror laws that allow for increased electronic surveillance of terror suspects. Chertoff, who also suggested that the US consider allowing increased detention of terror suspects while speaking on [read more]

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